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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007.
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Today is Monday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2006 with 139 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2005 with 139 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, Aug. 14, the 227th day of 2004 with 139 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2003 with 139 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2003 with 311 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

Researchers in Scotland introduced Dolly the cloned lamb to the world on this date in 1997. She was the first mammal ever successfully cloned from a cell from an adult animal, leading to widespread speculation about the possibility of cloning humans.
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A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI package of A Blast from the Past for Feb. 17-23.
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Cathy's World: 'The Forsyte Saga'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- How good is PBS's new version of "The Forsyte Saga?" So good that I may once again become a loyal "Masterpiece Theater" viewer, even though I'd sworn off the se
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2002 with 139 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2002 with 311 to follow. The moon is waxing, moving toward its full phase.
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A Blast From The Past

Today is Feb. 23. Researchers in Scotland introduced Dolly the cloned lamb to the world on this date in 1997.
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Russell Wayne Baker (born August 14, 1925) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer known for his satirical commentary and self-critical prose, as well as for his autobiography, Growing Up.

Baker was the eldest of three children born to Benny and Lucy Elizabeth Baker in Morrisonville, Virginia. His first sister, Doris, was born in 1927, and after three years his second sister Audrey was born. Unfortunately, due to being desperately poor during the great depression, his mother had to make a heartbreaking decision and gave Audrey up for adoption to her brother-in-law and his wife. When Baker was five years old his father died of diabetes, so his mother had to move the family to Belleville, New Jersey to live with her brother and sister-in-law. Later they moved to urban Baltimore where he graduated from the Baltimore City College high school in 1943 and received his B.A. from the School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in 1947. At the age of eleven as a self-professed bump on a log, he made the decision to become a writer since he figured "what writers did couldn't even be classified as work". He went on to become an essayist, journalist, and biographer, as well as the host of the PBS show Masterpiece Theatre from 1992 to 2004. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Russell Baker, was the author of the nationally syndicated "Observer" column for the New York Times from 1962 to 1998. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993. In addition, the noted journalist, humorist, essayist, and biographer has written or edited seventeen books. Baker's first Pulitzer was for distinguished commentary for his "Observer" columns (1979) and the second one was for his autobiography, Growing Up (1982). He wrote a sequel to his autobiography in 1989, called The Good Times.

In addition to his regular column and numerous books, Baker has also edited the anthologies The Norton Book of Light Verse (1986) and Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993). In 1993, he replaced Alistair Cooke to become the regular host of the PBS television series, Masterpiece Theatre until his own retirement in 2004. During his long career, Baker was a regular contributor to national periodicals such as The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Saturday Evening Post, and McCalls. While still hosting Masterpiece Theatre, he moved to Leesburg, Virginia (not far from his birthplace) where he remains.

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